Nevada is perfect against Seattle; Ouvrard MWC Tennis Player of the Week
March 14, 2014
RENO, Nev. -- The University of Nevada men's tennis team was perfect on Friday, completing a clean sweep over Seattle University by a score of 7-0. During the match, Victor Ouvrard was announced as the Mountain West Tennis Player of the Week for March 5-11.
The Wolf Pack (9-2, 0-1 MW) did not drop a match against the Redhawks (5-11) en route to its fourth straight victory. This is the second time this season that Nevada has won four straight matches, and Nevada has opened perfect at home, going 3-0 thus far. Nevada snatched all three doubles matches, and then finished singles play a perfect 6-for-6 to send the home crowd home happy. The match was an improvement over last weekend, according to head coach Erik Burton.
"We came to start the match a little better today," he said. "We continue to settle in. (Victor) Ouvrard is improving, and I think the team will continue to follow that example from the co-captain. We sat several starters out today to give them some rest, but Seattle was a scrappy and tricky team today."
The first doubles victory of the day came from court No. 3, where Andrew Poustie and Fernando Sunago were victors over Riley Newman and Connor Leahy, 8-4. The No. 32 ITA doubles team in the nation of Victor Ouvrard and Robert Allan followed suit by downing Kevin Lynch and Jason Bediones, 8-5. The final victory came from Quentin Mege and Moez Chargui, as they defeated Will Topp and Zach Kosanke, 8-5.
Nevada dominated singles play, beginning with the No. 7 ITA Mountain Region Player and last week's Mountain West Player of the Week Victor Ouvrard. He bounced Lynch on court No. 1 by a score of 6-3, 6-1. Sunago disposed of Ian Claire in straight sets for Nevada's second victory, 6-0, 6-4. Poustie was victorious in his first time on court No. 2 this season, ousting Topp in two sets for the match-clinching point, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0. Billy Bumgardner notched his first singles dual play win of the season, as he outlasted Leahy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Allan also snatched his first spring singles victory, as he topped Newman, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5. Mege preserved the unblemished Nevada day by pushing past Kosanke, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Due to the Mountain West Conference basketball tournaments, the announcement of the MWC Tennis Player of the Week was delayed for two days. It was formally announced today during Nevada's match with Seattle that Victor Ouvrard was recognized as the MWC Tennis Player of the Week during the week of March 5-11. This is the first time the honor has been extended to the senior, and he becomes the first men's tennis player in program history to receive the award from the Mountain West Conference. Ouvrard was 4-0 combined last week in both singles and doubles.
"I've had a good beginning of the season, and I'm happy about it," Ouvrard said. "Hopefully we can keep up the momentum and winning streak. I'm not planning on losing the rest of the season. Hopefully this brings some attention to the team."
The Wolf Pack will be in action again this weekend on Sunday when it faces off against UMBC at 9 am.
Tennis Match Results
Nevada vs. Seattle University
March 14, 2014 at Reno, Nev.
(Caughlin Athletic Club)
Nevada 7, Seattle 0
Nevada 9-2; Seattle University 5-11
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,4,2,6,5,3)
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